Denison VFW post in need

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

DENISON, Tex. -- After 75 years in one location, a Denison organization's future is in jeopardy. Stephanie Brletic has more on VFW Post 2773.

Former commander Gary Capshaw says the VFW’s need is dire, but it's not money they need to keep their post going-- it's people.

In the years after World War II, members say the rooms of the VFW were full of life and people. Now the post is manned by a few dedicated souls. There are currently only about 5 or 6 members running the post, and they need 20 to 30 people to keep the facility open.

Capshaw says they donate tens of thousands of dollars to charity each year, but they say with more members they could be even more involved in the community.

"We need enough people to come in here who could be actively involved with the post to bridge that generation gap between the World War II veterans taking this post as far as they can take it and the veterans coming back from this war," Capshaw says.

There will be a post meeting on April 10. If they can get enough people to staff their open positions, the post will stay open. If not, it will most likely close in May.

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  • by Bill Location: Denison on Apr 2, 2008 at 10:37 AM
    Part of the problem is also that the returning Vietnam veterans where not welcome with open arms at the VFW . Those older veterans could not, or would not except these young veterans , especially the draftees . There was a phrase in the early seventies "the generation gap" and that held true in this situation . How many of those older vets said "You didn't fight in a war, let me tell you about a real war". We can only hope that our newest veterans will be treated with much more respect than their Vietnam brethren. There is a very large gap in time between Vietnam , and the Gulf Wars. Hopefully though, the VFW will remain solvent . My hat's off to all of our veterans , god bless them.
  • by JC Location: Denison on Apr 1, 2008 at 11:20 AM
    It is kind of a Sad but understandable thing happening. Obviously WW I vets are about extinct and WW II vets are fading fast. Korea and Vietnam vets seem to relate to their Wars and comrades differently than vets past and may be less inclined to Join. There conflicts between Vietnam and The Gulf War were limited with not many veterans. Too early to say about Gulf 1 and the current war. These are still young people with busy lives to lead. It will take a number of years I think before the VFW's will see many of them. The article described a "generation gap" between WW II and now, but truthfully it is a gap of about 3 generations. Probably hard for a 20 something returning vet to want to hang out with those guys.
  • by Veteran Location: Denison on Apr 1, 2008 at 08:20 AM
    Well, wasn't that enlightening. Too bad you don't have a clue. Now, put your foil hat back on and step away from the computer so you don't embarrass yourself anymore than you already have.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2008 at 08:08 AM
    TO Butch: What does your comment has to do with the VFW needing members to fill positions at the post?
  • by m Location: sherman on Apr 1, 2008 at 05:51 AM
    Sad that comments to this article do not address the article. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. While I do not agree with the war in Iraq, it is a bit unpatriotic to slam the leader of our country. The president is like may not always agree, but you respect. Don't like things-don't post a hostile opinion, go help this VFW.
  • by Butch "Dubya" Hickson Location: The Stix on Mar 31, 2008 at 04:08 PM
    I support the troops and am a patriotic American, (My pappa served honorably) but the war in Iraq is wrong and illegal. Bush is a War criminal! So is Cheney & McCain, Giluani, Rumsfeld, etc. Do you honestly think Bush gives a hoot about "freeing" the Iraqi people? Please. All he cares about is putting in a puppet government in Iraq that U.S.A. controls and receives free/discounted oil. Bush is a human rights violator & a sorry human being. Innocent Iraqis and innocent brave American service men & women killed because of Bush's greed of oil!
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